Bob Segarini death: Musician and Radio host dies at 77, cause of death & obituary

Bob Segarini cause of death. (Source: Facebook)
Bob Segarini cause of death. (Source: Facebook)


Bob Segarini’s vibrant and tumultuous life has come to an end. Bob “The Iceman” Segarini, a Canadian singer, composer, guitarist, and radio personality, has died. It’s truly a sad day for broadcasting and the Canadian music & radio industry in general. Keep reading to know more about Bob Segarini and his cause of death in detail.


Who was Bob Segarini?

Robert Joseph Segarini was a recording artist, singer, songwriter, composer and radio host.

During a professional music career predominantly built between 1968 and the early 1980s, Segarini was notably popular in Canada. He is also renowned as one of the founding members of The Wackers.

He also hosted ‘Late Great Movies’ on CITY TV, produced Much Music, and was an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, and SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95 (now 85).

The Ratz Band

Segarini’s early band, The Ratz, was a local Los Angeles group with Gary Duncan, who eventually formed Quicksilver Messenger Service. ca. 1966 Segarini formed Family Tree with guitarist and keyboardist Jimmy De Cocq, singer Michael Dure, drummer Vann Slatter, and bassist Bill “Kootch” Trochim. The trio issued a folk rock-style single on the Mira label, before signing with RCA Records; they released a second single on RCA in 1967, followed by their lone album, Miss Butters, in 1968.

It is now regarded as one of the first concept albums (inspired by Segarini’s real-life kindergarten teacher, Miss Grady), and features a suite of songs depicting the life of Miss Butters, a spinster school teacher who is born into a showbiz family, but experiences a failed relationship that leads her to devote her life to children and teaching, before dying old and lonely.

It was recorded during the same period that Jarrard and Tipton were working on the Harry Nilsson LP Aerial Ballet – Nilsson collaborated with Segarini on the track “Butters Lament” and the album features some of the same session players who contributed to Aerial Ballet.

Roxy Band

Segarini then founded Roxy, alongside De Cocq and Randy Bishop on bass and vocals. After signing with Elektra Records in 1969, the band was reorganised by producer Gary Usher, who brought in drummer Spencer Earnshaw, former Family Tree guitarist Mike Stull, and bassist Bill ‘Kootch’ Trochim. The Wackers, Wackering Heights, Hot Wacks, and Shredder were the names of the new band’s three albums.

Dear Jesus God and Over Me were co-written and recorded by Segarini and Randy Bishop for the film Vanishing Point (1971). He has also collaborated with UK singer-songwriter Elkie Brooks.

The Dudes Band

Segarini formed The Dudes in 1974, together with Trochim and Wayne Cullen from the final Wackers lineup, Ritchie and David Henman, who had previously worked with April Wine, and Brian Greenway, future April Wine guitarist.

They released one album for Columbia Records, We’re No Angels and were nearly finished with a second until Columbia withdrew them from their list, causing the band to disband. Parts of the second album were released on CD in 1997, together with a collection of previously unheard recordings titled “All The Young Dudes – All The Old Demos.”

Solo Career

Segarini went on to have a successful solo career, releasing four albums: Gotta Have Pop, On The Radio, Goodbye L.A., and Vox Populi. Bullseye Records has restored and reissued the first three albums with bonus music.

Segarini began his career in radio in the mid-1980s, first with CHUM-FM, then with Classic Rock radio station CILQ – known to Toronto residents as Q107.

It was then that he earned the nickname “The Iceman,” which he still uses on the air today. After a successful tenure on Sirius Satellite Radio’s channel 85, Segarini began writing weekly essays for FYI Music, an online music industry journal, in 2009. “Don’t Believe a Word I Say,” his thrice-weekly column, is named after his 1979 track from Gotta Have Pop.

How did Bob Segarini die?

Bob “The Iceman” Segarini, a Canadian singer, composer, and guitarist who was a member of The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band, has died.

Coney Hatch, a musician, conveyed the heartbreaking news on Facebook.

He wrote,

“Wow, it’s truly a sad day for broadcasting and the Canadian music & radio industry in general. We just heard of the passing of Bob Segarini, known to many of us as The ICEMAN.

For those of us old enough to remember, Bob was the founding member of the Canadian band The Dudes and then went on to a solo career and released Gotta Have Pop. Most will remember Bob when he hit the airwaves on CHUM-FM in the early 80’s and then his many stints on Q107.

Bob was a great, witty, entertaining fellow that will be missed by many. Our sincere condolences go out to Bob’s daughter Amy and all the other family members and friends, RIP Bob!”

Most people remember Bob from his time on CHUM-FM in the early 1980s, as well as his many appearances on Q107. Bob was a wonderful, humorous, and amusing man who would be missed by many. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Bob’s daughter Amy and the rest of the family and friends.


Bob Segarini cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that Bob Segarini has passed away. At this point, it is unknown precisely what led to his death apart from the confirmation of his death and the exact cause of the death of Bob Segarini was not released as well. In order to learn more about Bob Segarini’s death, we are attempting to get in touch with his friends and family. This section will be updated as soon as we learn any new information regarding the tragic event that brought many people to tears.


Tributes to Bob Segarini

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

Musician Brian Greenway wrote: “Bob Segarini has left the planet. RIP Bob, we had some good laughs.”

Artist Manager Ralph Alfonso wrote: “Very very sad to hear that Bob Segarini has passed away. He led The Wackers to god-like stature in Montreal in the 70s and when they broke up, headed to Toronto where he got introduced to myself and The Diodes via Greg Shaw/Robert Charles-Dunne and The Nerves (who headlined the first Crash’n’Burn show with Segarini at the soundboard). Bob was a true American hustler/genius and he had the talent to back it all up. His musical trajectory is vast and his tales of hanging out with Jim Morrison and others were always mind-boggling. He was a true champion of the early Toronto punk scene and indie artists in general. It’s really hard to wrap up his career (music, radio, TV, online) in a few sentences. Basically, if it was happening, Bob was there. God bless and thank you for your friendship and encouragement over the years.”

Richard Crouse wrote: “The colourful and chaotic life of Bob Segarini has come to a close. His rambunctious live shows were among my first memories of living in Toronto and I wore out several copies of #GottaHavePop. He was a character who made the city more interesting. #RestinPower Iceman.”



The funeral arrangements for Bob Segarini will be made public at a later time, according to the family. This suggests that the family is making preparations and will give the required information about his passing and the planned burial ceremony as soon as possible. Praise the life of the deceased, and leave a benevolent word for him. Companions, Family, and Friends have spilled out their lament and sympathy to respect the passing ceaselessly of Bob Segarini.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends.

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